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Stat Attack: Hynes picks up where Papenhuyzen left off

Ryan Papenhuyzen may be out with a minor Achilles injury, but the data shows the Storm lose nothing in the way of effort when Nicho Hynes steps up to the plate.

Papenhuyzen has been a near-permanent fixture on the weekly Telstra Tracker top five leaderboard for high speed-efforts (bursts of 20km/h or more) with a best of 42 in round seven.

Hynes, who stepped up for Papenhuyzen in a win over the Cowboys and will again take his place in Saturday's clash with Wests Tigers, posted a round-high 39 high-speed efforts last weekend.

Papenhuyzen is expected to return in round 20, likely pushing Hynes back to the bench, but it's a luxury for coach Craig Bellamy to have another reliable custodian ready to go.

Hynes beat North Queensland's Scott Drinkwater (35 high-speed efforts), Eels captain Clint Gutherson (35), Raiders five-eighth Jack Wighton (35) and Sea Eagles fullback Tevita Funa (34).

Elsewhere in round 18, Broncos centre Herbie Farnworth topped the speed category having been clocked at 35.9km/h.

Knights winger Edrick Lee showed he hadn't neglected his pace over an injury lay-off by coming second on 34.7km/h, followed by Storm flyer Josh Addo-Carr (34.3), Cowboys rookie Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (34.1) and Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary (33.9).

Keary's halves partner Kyle Flanagan covered the most distance with 9.9km in a win over Newcastle, edging their No.7 Mitchell Pearce (9.8).

Dragons winger Cody Ramsey ran his guts out for 9.6km as well as scoring two tries in a memorable debut, while Keary (9.5) and Cowboys centre Enari Tuala (9.5) also put in big performances.

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